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Ted Danson, left, and Patrick Wilson in the FX network’s "Fargo." (FX photograph)

‘Fargo’ Creator Noah Hawley Isn’t Feeling Any Season 2 Jitters

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

They say there are no bad ideas. Maybe Noah Hawley can attest to that now. As the mastermind to FX’s TV adaptation of Joel and Ethan Coen’s Oscar-winning black comedy Fargo, Hawley had big Sorel boots to fill. But the 10-episode first season, starring Billy Bob Thornton as menacing drifter Lorne Malvo and Martin Freeman as hapless insurance salesman Lester …

Pop Legend Returns, Reaffirms

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Janet Jackson is well aware of the job at hand on her first album in seven years, and she doesn’t waste any time facing up to it. “Hello,” she coos in the opening track of Unbreakable. “It’s been a while. Lots to talk about.” No kidding. In 2009 Jackson’s brother Michael died. In …

Neil Sedaka Has a Million of ’Em

Sunday, October 11, 2015

The first hit Neil Sedaka ever wrote, with partner Howard Greenfield, was singer Connie Francis’ Stupid Cupid. Shortly after that, working five days a week in New York’s famous Brill Building, he landed hits with R&B singers Clyde McPhatter and Laverne Baker. All this from white Brooklyn kids in the late 1950s. Did …

Theatrics Take Second Place on New Album

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Florence Welch flung open the door to her suite at the Chateau Marmont last month like a woman in the middle of an important task. Inside, dozens of designer gowns, maybe a hundred in all, hung on several …

Grand Ole Opry’s Jim Ed Brown Dead

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Jim Ed Brown, a longtime Grand Ole Opry member who had solo and group hits and was a prominent figure on country music television shows, died Thursday. He was 81. Brown died of cancer at Williamson Medical Center …

Jazz Legend Ornette Coleman Remembered as a ‘True Pioneer’

Friday, June 12, 2015

New York — Jazz legend Ornette Coleman, the visionary saxophonist and composer who pioneered “free jazz” and won a Pulitzer Prize in 2007, has died. Publicist Ken Weinstein says Coleman died on Thursday at 1 a.m. in Manhattan. …

At 73, David Crosby’s Still Got It

Sunday, June 7, 2015

David Crosby — who puts the cantankerous in Crosby, Stills & Nash — was in a particularly good mood the other day. “I’m in a very good space,” said the outspoken, voluble Crosby. He’s lost 40 pounds. The …

Stones Re-Release ‘Sticky Fingers’

Sunday, June 7, 2015

London — Keith Richards doesn’t keep a list of the Top 10 Rolling Stones albums. But he’s happy to place Sticky Fingers, being re-released in a deluxe edition next week, near the very top. “I put it up there,” he said in a recent interview. “I don’t No. …

Janet Jackson to Release First Album in 7 Years

Sunday, June 7, 2015

New York — Let’s Wait Awhile ? Not really. Janet Jackson is releasing her first album in seven years this fall. The pop icon said on her website Wednesday that the album, not yet titled, will be released …

Leading Frontman Goes Solo

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Here’s one way to win Brandon Flowers’ confidence: Tell him you like a song of his that nobody else likes. That’s what Ariel Rechtshaid did when the Killers frontman, on the hunt for a producer for his second …

Here Come the Judges as ‘AGT’ Returns for Its 10th Season

Monday, May 25, 2015

New York — “They keep telling people it’s the 10th anniversary. But it’s the fourth season, as far as I’m concerned,” says Howard Stern, who joined America’s Got Talent as a judge in 2012. That’s what you’d expect Howard to say. But quickly he adds that with AGT …

Not ‘Alternative’ Anymore

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Los Angeles — When the members of Faith No More took the stage of the Wiltern in Los Angeles for the first of three concerts last month, they didn’t warm up the crowd with one of their old …

Stamina, Consistency Marked B.B. King’s Legacy

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Let nothing that follows detract from B.B. King’s indelible legacy — a legacy that, though King died early Thursday at 89, stands unparalleled in the history of the blues. He was an incredible guitarist, “without a doubt the …